5 Favorite Bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by MJT, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. MJT


    Feb 24, 2011
    Roanoke, VA
    Note: The question isn't "the 5 best ...?".
    Though they may be the same, they may not as well.

    I have a lot of favorite players but I thought choosing just 5 would be a fair challenge.

    "Favorite " is obviously personal, informed by our individual experiences, musical philosophy and beliefs, and our own musical journeys.

    My Fave 5 all hit me inside with both emotion and amazement.

    Berry Oakley
    Tommy Shannon

    Who are yours?
  2. Not in any particular order:

    Duff Mckagen
    Victor Wooten
    Steve Harris
    Alex Webster
    Geddy Lee

    These guys are the main points of influence in my bass playing.
  3. Also not in any particular order:

    Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band)
    James Jamerson (The Funk Brothers)
    Phil Joel (Newsboys)
    Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

  4. kelleysdad


    Dec 12, 2007
    Sid Vicious
    Pete Wentz
    Adam Clayton
    Colin Greenwood
    Mike Dirnt
  5. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    In no particular order:

    Alan Spenner
    Tony Levin
    Mark Sandman
    Greg Cohen
    Conrad Lozano
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  6. Catbuster


    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    1- Duff McKagan- Solid, yet funky on a Precision played with a pick. Also my #1 influence.
    2- Geddy Lee- Because he's just that good, and sounds great playing and singing.
    3- Ken Casey- Yeah, he's a punk rocker, but he's much better than many give him credit for being.
    4-The Flea isn't all that when it comes to slapping, but he's very solid when paired with Chad Smith, and fits the Chili Peppers like a glove.
    5- Marcus Miller- That man is just that good.
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  7. The order may change occasionally but these are reliably my five favorites:
    Geddy Lee
    Mike Watt
    Karl Alvarez
    Bob Thomson
    John Paul Jones
  8. Basscat125


    Aug 3, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland.
    none yet
    Victor wooten
    Marcus miller
    Geddy Lee
    Charles mingus
    James Jamerson

    This is in no order
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  9. ashtoash


    Oct 28, 2011
    Steve Bailey
    Victor Wooten
    Steve Harris
    Geddy Lee
    John Myung
  10. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Dick Lovgren
    Dan Maines
    Les Claypool
    Ron Royce
    Rob Wright

    All masters in their field.
  11. collins81


    Jul 29, 2011
    In no particular order:
    David Johnson
    Ryan Martinie
    Victor Wooten
  12. wal4string


    Feb 25, 2008
    Anthony Jackson
    John Paul Jones
    Chuck Rainey
    Mike Ruthereford
    Pino Palladino
  13. NOT


    Jul 15, 2011
    *Geddy Lee..Just by his name, you can tell he is a bassist.

    *Nikki Sixx..He gets alot of hate on talkbass, but his style is perfect for Motley Crue.

    *Duff mckagan..The tone on Use Your Illusions is insane.

    *Lemmy..He is 100% original.

    *Pete Overend Watts..He made the Gibson Thunderbird cool!
  14. RFMac


    Jun 27, 2010
    British Columbia
    James Jamerson
    Stuart Zender
    Randy Hope-Taylor
    Rocco Prestia
    Chris Wood

    In no particular order.
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  15. mcglyph


    Aug 17, 2011
    Geddy Lee
    U2's FIRST bassist
    That guy from Letterman
    George Porter Jr.
  16. Geezer Butler
    Lemmy Kilmister
    Les Claypool
    Justin Chancellor
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  17. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle)
    Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr.)
    Justin Chancellor (Tool)
    Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle)
    Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine)

    In no particular order.
  18. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Provided content for Genzler Amplification
    Melvin Gibbs
    Doug Wimbish
    Greg Cohen
    Joe Lally
    Cliff Burton
  19. Tumeni Notes

    Tumeni Notes

    Jan 2, 2009
    Geddy Lee
    Chris Squire
    Dave LaRue
    Stanley Clarke
    Jeff Berlin
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  20. TombassCaton


    May 4, 2011
    In no particular order-

    Richard Bona
    Nate Watts
    Marcus Miller
    Steve Rodby
    John Myung